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Release of Records (FERPA)

What is FERPA?

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - 1974)  is the federal law that protects the privacy of a student’s educational records and guarantees students' access to their own records.

How does FERPA affect my parents and significant others?

FERPA does not allow advisors to discuss personal information to anyone other than the student. This personal information includes grades, schedule, and the academic status of the student.

What information can advisors discuss with others?

Advisors can discuss general information about degree programs, university policies, and office procedures.
Advisors may also release directory information without the consent of the student.
Directory information includes the following:
  • Date and place of birth
  • Fields of study, including major and minor
  • Enrollment status (actual hours enrolled, undergraduate, graduate, etc.)
  • Type of award received (academic, technical, continuing education, etc.)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Student classification
  • Name of the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
  • Telephone number
  • Current and permanent address, excluding e-mail address
  • Weight and height of athletes
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Names of prospective graduates
  • Parking permit records
  • Names of parents
  • Photographs of students
  • Gender
  • Any other records that could be treated as directory information under FERPA

You may place a privacy hold on your records by visiting the Office of the University Registrar website.


How do I grant access to my records?

Please access the FERPA page on the Office of the University Registrar's website for instructions on how to request and approve access to student academic records.